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Zaffarwal allowed to roam freely: Tohra
Patiala, April 4
The All-India Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, said yesterday criminalisation of politics was proved from the manner in which former Panthic Committee member and chief of the Khalistan Commando Force Wassan Singh Zaffarwal was allegedly allowed to roam free in Chandigarh by the Punjab Government.

Leaders’ links with ultras “no secret”
Amritsar, April 4
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), and member of Parliament today said most political parties had had proximity with militants during the heyday of militancy.

Dharna to pressurise NDA govt to resign
Rampura Phul, April 4
Hundreds of activists of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) today staged a dharna and held a rally in the city for pressurising the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre to resign in view of the startling revelations made by about defence deals.

VC case : Jacob assures intervention, claims PUTA
Patiala, April 4
The Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA) today claimed that the University Chancellor and the Punjab Governor, Lt Gen J F R Jacob, had taken a serious note of violation of rules and irregularities being committed by the University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, and assured the body of favourable intervention in the matter.




Criticism by Tohra baseless: VC
Chandigarh, April 4
Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, has reacted strongly to the criticism of the university by the SHSAD leader, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

CBI seeks quashing of Bibi’s bail order
Chandigarh, April 4
In a petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Central Bureau of Investigation today sought directions for quashing the orders passed by the Special Magistrate, dealing with CBI cases at Patiala, directing former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur’s release on bail with instructions to move the trial court for regular bail, and subsequent recall of the same.

Accused flees, 3 city cops held
Bathinda, April 4
The city police has arrested three personnel of the Chandigarh Police following the escape of an accused in a case relating to smuggling of narcotics yesterday from a local dharamshala.


Cong sarpanch joins SAD
Bathinda, April 4
The District Congress Committee (DCC) today received a setback when the sarpanch and the members of panchayat of Virk Kalan village joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) along with their supporters.

SHSAD, BSP may form 'people front'
Patiala, April 4
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) is in the process of putting together a “people front” in Punjab to take on both the SAD-BJP combine and the Congress during forthcoming elections to the state Assembly. The SHSAD is holding talks with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in this regard.


This town makes badges too
Punjab’s only Muslim-dominated town, Malerkotla, is remembered in Indian history for the Kukas’ movement during the freedom struggle and also when Nawab Sher Mohammad Khan raised his voice against the tyranny of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in favour of Guru Gobind Singh’s two innocent sons when they were bricked alive in Sirhind fort. But this small Punjab town is famed for another reason.

Long wait for ‘dead’ son
Bathinda, April 4
The state may have returned to normalcy after about a decade of blood- shed but the families affected by terrorism and those who bore the brunt of alleged police brutality, have not returned to normal lives, in most of the cases.

Frescos need restoration
Patiala, April 4
Four years back it seemed the forgotten painted chambers in Quila Mubarak would after all be saved from destruction. Experts from the National Research Laboratory for Chemical Conservation (NRLCC) in Lucknow took up the task of restoring the paintings to their former glory, besides making attempts to arrest the deterioration which had set in amongst them.

PWD workers hold demonstration
Patiala, April 4
Employees of the PWD (Public Health, Irrigation and B&R) and the Sewerage Board held a rally in front of the Chief Engineer’s Public Health) office in protest against the non-acceptance of their demands.

DC’s order on construction flouted
Amritsar, April 4
Unauthorised construction is being done at the sangal akhara opposite the Golden Temple despite orders of the Deputy Commissioner last evening stalling it.

Rights panel takes up doc’s complaint
Bathinda, April 4
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has taken cognizance of the complaint made by Dr Vineeta Gupta, a human rights activist, in connection with the raid conducted by policemen in plain clothes at her hospital on February 20.

Rally by BKU (E) man
Barnala, April 4
The Bharati Kisan Union (Ekta) has threatened to paralyse rail and road traffic as next phase of its stir if alleged false cases registered by the Barnala police against three Kiranjit Abduction Rape Murder Action Committee members — Prem Kumar, Narain Dutt and Manjit Dhaner — were not withdrawn immediately by the government.

Protest against shifting of hospital
Bathinda, April 4
Activists of the Save Old Hospital and Government Properties Action Committee (SOHGPAC) have launched a mass contact programme in protest against the shifting of the General and Children Hospital from its present location to the Civil Hospital.

Lawyers strike work
Ropar, April 4
The lawyers here did not attend the courts today in protest against the amendments proposed by the Union Law Ministry in the Civil Procedure Code (CPC). The amendments have been proposed in the amendment Bill 2000 introduced in the Rajya Sabha in December 2000.

Chandigarh to have overseas employment cell
Amritsar, April 4
An overseas employment cell will shortly commence in Chandigarh. This was disclosed by Mr Balramji Das Tandon, Minister for Local Bodies, while presiding over a function organised by HFCL Infotech and Punjab and local Red-Cross societies for the benefit of handicapped persons here today.

Jaundice on rise in Nakodar
Phillaur, April 4
The rising number of jaundice cases in Nakodar town has created panic among residents. At least 30 patients of jaundice were admitted to the Civil Hospital besides the hundreds undergoing treatment in different private hospitals and clinics.

Tension grips Pathankot
Pathankot, April 4
Tension prevails in the town following owing to the police ‘failure’ to nab the killers of a local financier whose body was recovered from the Dhar Kalan Area on March 21 last by the police under mysterious circumstances.

GOC visits academy site
Ropar, April 4
The GOC, Western Command, Lt Gen Surjeet Singh, today visited the Junior Leaders Academy (JLA) site at Anandpur Sahib.
The General who was also accompanied by the Chief of Staff, Western Command, Gen H.S. Mann, conducted an arial survey of the 718-acre land in which the academy is proposed to be set up.


Rise in Punjab’s wheat contribution
Phillaur, April 4
The contribution of Punjab to the Central pool is expected to be more than 100 lakh metric tonnes of wheat this year.
This was announced by the Punjab Food and Supplies Minister, Madan Mohan Mittal, while talking to newspersons here today. 


Faulty drainage headache for MC
The failure of the system introduced to drain rain water through sewers has caused an unpleasant situation for the Municipal Council and residents.
Despite opposition from the public, the council had constructed small drains in place of the existing bigger drains and connected them to the sewer.


Boy kidnapped by neighbour’s kin
Hoshiarpur, April 4
Faqir Chand, alias Viky (11), son of Om Parkash of Kotla Gaunspur village, has reportedly been abducted by a son-in-law of the victim’s neighbour. A case was registered in the Sadar Police Station here yesterday. The boy and the kidnapper have still not been traced even after seven days of the incident.

Stolen rail property seized, 1 held
Bathinda, April 4
The local railway police authorities today conducted raids at two different places and recovered railway property, mostly iron rods, and arrested one person.

Woman alleges rape of niece
Moga, April 4
Ms Bala Devi of this town yesterday lodged a complaint with the police that a youth had allegedly raped her niece after abducting her from a street where she was playing along with other children.

Woman killed
Barnala, April 4
One woman, Harpal Kaur of Kailpur village in Ludhiana district, was killed while 31 persons, including 13 women and six children, were injured in a collision between two buses on the Barnala-Thikriwala road here today. 

Killers of minor girl held
Doraha , April 4
The murder case of a minor girl was today solved by the Doraha police with the arrest of two accused in the case.

5 killed, 3 hurt in collision
Amritsar, April 4
Five persons, including three women, were killed and three others injured in a head-on collision between a four-wheeler and a truck near Singbala village under the Mehta police station of Majitha police district today, the police said.


Governor stresses education for all
Vairoke (Moga), April 4
The Governor of Punjab, Lieut-Gen J.F.R.Jacob (retd), has stressed the need for education for all for the success of a democratic set-up.
The Governor was addressing a gathering of panchayats and ex-servicemen of this district at Vairoke village today after laying the foundation stone of a public school.

Students suffer at whose cost?
Chandigarh, April 4
Two students of BA (II) are knocking at the door of the examination branch of Panjab University to get copies of their roll number cards making them eligible to sit in the coming annual examination.

Copying leads to paper cancellation
SAS Nagar, April 4
The Punjab School Education Board has cancelled the social science paper of the middle class examination held at two different centres in Punjab due to reports of mass copying there.

Punjab to open model schools
Chandigarh, April 4
The Punjab government has decided to open two senior secondary model schools, one for boys and the other for girls, in each education block to provide good education to students after Class VIII. This was stated in a press note after a meeting the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, had held here today.


Punjab to protect local industry
Phagwara, April 4
The Punjab Government would frame a protectionist policy for safe guarding agriculture, agro-industries and indigenous industries in view of the WTO pact and free exim policy, according to Sohan Singh Thandal, Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Punjab.

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